Jodoin Falls Short of Qualifying for NCAA Div. III Championships

May 16, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, MA- The only member of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team competing fell just a bit short of the national qualifying standard in his final race of the season at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championships at Springfield College's Blake Track Friday afternoon.

Senior Chris Jodoin (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS/Maine) finished sixth in the 400 meter hurdles in 55.20 seconds. His time was seven-tenths of a second behind the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 54.50 seconds. Jodoin also competed at 400 meters, finishing 12th in 50.05 seconds.

"Chris ran the 400 meters to loosen him up for the hurdles, and he has run better in the hurdles when he has run the 400 meters first," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Jon Hird. "Unfortunately, it was a 55 degree rainy day, rather than a nice, warm, sunny day, and it wasn't conducive to producing fast times. Chris didn't get loosened up all the way from the 400, he ran against a very good field, and the times weren't fast for anyone. He did very well this year, considering that he just picked up the hurdles last year."

Jodoin was the Corsairs' only entrant at the meet. The action concludes the season for the UMass Dartmouth Outdoor Track and Field team.